Archive for the ‘Vintage Fashion’ Category


August 26, 2009



I don’t know about you, but I’m watching what I spend my money on.   I’m so glad my birthday just passed because I was showered with lovely things I simply cannot buy myself at the moment.  I’m trying to save money and it is hard because it is not like I have that much. Even more grim is our economy and the unemployment rate, particularly in California.  I swear that every friend I have is looking for a job, worried about their  job security, trying to find a place to live or merely watching every dollar that comes out of their wallet.  I am certainly not exempt from this and I’m guessing you’re probably not either.  That’s why I think it is important we get extremely creative with the money we do have.

Thank goodness I was taught by my grandmother at a very young age about the magic of thrift stores.  Even better is when you have best friends who also love to thrift!  This past weekend – birthday weekend – Phuong and I visited our local Salvation Army in the ‘bra.  Unfortunately they were not having their buy 1 get one 1 free, but I still think we made out like bandits.

Phuong found a colorful floral silk suit which you can see it only took her a day to alter and make amazing.  As for me, I added another pair of baggy silk pants to my ever growing collection.  You can never go wrong with 100% silk.  I’m really obsessing over the comfort of silk pants right now – I wish I could wear them every day and I’m the person who never wore pants! Ever.

Do yourself a favor and visit your local thrift store.  You can also give back and donate some of your old wares.  Tax right off? Yes!



August 19, 2009



My birthday is in a few days (8.23) so I have been enjoying the zodiac necklace I acquired while in Lake Tahoe.  Today I paired it with a great silk dress I thrifted in Palm Springs this weekend.  Sigh, how I wish I was still on vacation.  BUT nothing beats coming home to your dogs.  Here I am with 2 of my chihuahuas named Rico and Chico.

Tomorrow I am so excited to show you a blog collaboration I’ve been working on with one of my favorite stores ever.  Keep reading!

wearing: Vintage dress, thrifted bucket bag, Bakers shoes, Ray-Ban sunglasses, vintage zodiac necklace


August 17, 2009







I’m back from the desert – Palm Springs and Joshua Tree – and I’m exhausted from the amazing time we had.  Truly, I thought about staying a few more days and calling my work to tell them I was dead.  This trip could be called an impromptu one but seeing that I’m a Virgo even with not planning this mini-vacation, there was still lots of planning.  We just had to see the Perseid Meteor Shower from the desert, so we did!  Thanks to reader Natalie A. for joining us.  Power swing!

We needed a cost-friendly hotel with a decor that would meet my standards.  I know what I like and ACE seemed to fit the profile. Great location, delicious food, wonderful decor.  I loved our room and the pool was absolutely great at 2 a.m.  Alcohol infused snow cones? Yes, please!

Since I could go on for hours and I know people don’t usually read past the first paragraph on blogs, here’s a list of the things I really enjoyed in no particular order

1. The Turkish robes in our room 2. The amazing singing/stylish hostess (above) at King’s Highway restaurant 3. Seeing meteors fly in the sky 4. Having 2 sound baths. 5. Swinging friends in hammocks 6. Thrifting lots of great things, including a vintage Gucci bag 7. Having an outer-body experience 8. Sweating 9. Night swimming & 10.  Seeing DOV CHARNEY – barf – at Revivals thrift store in P.S. with 2 of his girls buying bolero ties.  Ugh, boleros?  Could it be anymore obvious.  You can read more about that on my twitter page.

Golf ‘n’ STUFF

August 4, 2009



I decided a few weeks ago that if my golfing skills were good enough I would try to join the LPGA by 30.  Why? Because I’d like to make millions and I was thinking Stella McCartney could sponsor me.  I hadn’t swung a club since high school and I was never on the golf team because it was the same season as softball.  My dad says I need lessons to truly know my potential but we all know I can drive it.  Sports dominated my life for the first 18 years so I’m trying to get back into the swing of things. No pun intended!

I figured my work ensemble would be fine for the driving range and I was correct.  I’ve acquired so many shorts this summer and I think they go perfect with heels.  That’s definitely been one of my summer uniforms and I’m glad in was multi-functional today.

Oh yeah, remember I said I’d try to incorporate some of my own style photos?  Here you go.  There will be a lot more I am sure.  I think I have a pretty good sense of humor so you’ll definitely get more photos of me with gummy Haribo peaches on my tongue. (Above left)

The Stepford APPROACH

July 29, 2009


I love watching films.  You probably already knew that.  My favorite are usually French, existential, feminist, satanic and/or pornographic.  There was once an amazing time for film in the United States but that time has definitely passed.  I especially love the 1975 film The Stepford Wives based on Ira Levin’s novel.  Don’t bother renting that awful Nicole Kidman movie of 2004. Love this concept behind the film “…Stepford is a sort of chauvinistic dystopia, and that the depiction of subservient, robotic women is intended as a satirical statement against traditional gender roles.”

The fashion in the original Stepford Wives is absolutely drool inducing!  The best wardrobe by far can be seen on the character Bobbie Markowe, seen above in the button-down and shorts.  She’s independent, irrepressible, and amazing.  AND since everyone went nuts after seeing Garance Dore’s “cherchez le gaon“, I think her style is apropos for your summer look.

Clothes: Elizabeth and James Black Striped Schoolboy Shirt $264, Forever 21 H81 Adria Linen Short $19.90, Urban Outfitters Grandpa’s Pocket Watch Necklace $28

The WOODS pt. 2

July 14, 2009





I couldn’t go on vacation without hitting the local thrift stores.  I found an amazing astrology necklace [ sorry it is blurry] and an amethyst piece.  While I was in Virginia City I picked up these copper and gold dream catchers which take me back to my Girl Scout days.  Who else made their own dream catchers?  I couldn’t be happier with the treasures I found while on vacation.  Thrifting out of state has always been a win for me.  Don’t even get me started on my $7 Louis Vuitton military jacket from Vegas.

I finally found myself a long black clutch.  It is true perfection.  Too bad I didn’t have $400 lying around to pick up that amazing YSL at a Nevada outlet to add to my collection. Sigh.  If you love history, ol’timey candy, and the gold/silver rush like myself, make sure to swing by Virginia City when you’re in the area.


May 26, 2009


I am back from my sister’s wedding weekend in Laguna Beach and I am zonked.  Being Maid-of-Honor is completely exhausting but totally worth it!  We had a wonderful time and I am ready to get back to all my projects I’ve been working on: 1) re-designing my site 2) serious running 3) my graduation.  But first I must prepare for L.A. Blogger Shop Day at Space 15 Twenty.

Please come shop my closet this weekend!  I’ll be there as well as some other great L.A. girls like Fashion is Poison, Taghrid and That’s Chic.  I’ll post some items this week that so you can get a first peek at the goods.  I’ll be selling some Alex+Chloe, Alexis Bittar, vintage YSL and many other amazing gems!


April 21, 2009




It was so hot in L.A. today!  Luckily for me, UCLA is just minutes away from Santa Monica and the ocean breeze can be quite refreshing.  After class I had no desire to go back home to 101 degree weather.   Boyfriend and I hopped in the car and drove to the beach.  I’d been wanting to do some thrifting in Santa Monica and I am so glad I did because I picked up these OZBEK pants!  [Bio &]  Even though it is too incredibly hot to wear them, they surely have a place on my clothing rack.

After acquiring some thrift goodies we were famished and drove over to Real Food Daily.  Not only is that one of my favorite eateries, but it is the place my boyfriend and I ate the day that marks our anniversary.  Five years.  Then off to Wasteland we went, where I discovered two amazing dresses.  Moschino & Vena Cava, but both size 0.  Hilarious – I don’t even think I know a size 0 – those girls just haven’t made it into my circle yet.  Nonetheless, they were being sold for amazing prices and in great condition.  I took these photos so you could all sigh with me.  Lastly, I have found my summer sandal.  Thank you Jeffrey Campbell.  You can usually find me in heels but I truly needed a flat for the many adventures I am planning for this summer.  I cannot wait.


April 7, 2009


Come join me at Space 15Twenty.

Young & Unstoppable

March 22, 2009


Zoe: “Dude, I’m bringing back the boa.”
Olivia: “I’m bringing back the clog.”
Zoe: “Together we’ll be unstoppable.”

Vogue magazine has printed its yearly “shape issue” and has featured two of my favorite indie girls as their “SHORT” body type.  I have loved both these girls in films and in the pages of magazines but I had no idea they were best friends!  This makes them even cooler in my book.  Olivia Thirlby absolutely charmed me as a slacker in The Wackness and Zoe Kravitz simply has amazing style.  I shouldn’t be surprised at their b.f.f status.  They’re both young, uniquely beautiful, stylish, and cool without trying …. and apparently both short.  They measure at 5’3″ and considering that’s what my height chart says, I think it is time they invite me to go vintage shopping with them in NYC.

P.S. Did you know Marisa Tomei is Zoe’s godmother?

What Goes Around Comes Around

March 19, 2009





Thanks to my old friend over at Fixed Air I got to attend the What Comes Around Goes Around LA Launch Party at Space 15Twenty in Hollywood.  I had heard that Nicole Richie would be in attendance and that really peaked my interest as I think she’s one of the more stylish celebs in L.A.  The night did not disappoint.  I saw Nicole, the creators of WWWD, and some Voguettes.  I’d like to mention that Nicole Richie has an amazing personality!  She was just glowing and laughing so hard with her girlfriends as if no one was watching her.  I wanted to join in and see what all the fun was all about.

The concept behind Space 15Twenty is truly executed with the amazing artists/stores they influence to open pop-up shops.  I cannot wait to attend many more of their openings, seeing that my girl invites me.  It was hard to get the entire feel of this pop-up shop because it was so crowded with fashionistas, bearded guys and people asking my boyfriend about his “modeling career.”  I plan on going back to take a good look around.  Maybe you can meet me there and we’ll see what kind of  vintage duds we can pick up.

You can see some Nicole photos from last night’s event here.

First Look at Grey Gardens

March 6, 2009






Here is a first look at HBO’s new film Grey Gardens, starring Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange.  I have expressed my doubts about the making of Grey Gardens as I thought the Maysles film was too incredible to even try to emulate.  My staunch opinion has not changed but I would like to confess that the costumes and cinematography on this production look amazing.  Something that has also eased my pain is that the film will be aired on HBO rather than being released in the theaters.  The original and only Grey Gardens is incredibly special to me and I know many of you, so I am sure you understand my fears of exploitation and the thought of ruining something so beautiful.

February 17, 2009


I miss my grandmother terribly.  She was the most amazing woman I’ve ever met and I hope if she’s hanging around that she’s proud of how I am living my life, as I’ve modeled a lot of my attitudes after her’s.  One way I have been able to remember her is through fashion.  She left behind many treasures that I absolutely love and I feel fortunate to have the chance to own/wear them.  A few pieces she gave me before she passed away and they feel particularly special because they were picked specifically for me.

Pictured are a few of my favorite things in which I have inherited.  The gold necklace my grandma gave me years ago – she told me a grand story of how she acquired it while visiting Spain.  The two jackets are both vintage fur + feathers, and I am still trying to figure out what they’re made of.  They’re so silky smooth!  Vintage fur is ok, yes?  Lastly is that amazing feather brooch which I have been wearing on my hats and tops, but I need to replace the back as it often slips off.

I love vintage, but nothing beats owning a piece of your family’s history.  I’ll post more photos when I’ve collected some more gems.

Greetings from San Francisco

January 9, 2009


As promised, here are some photos from my trip to San Francisco.  My boyfriend and I were  invited to spend the new year with my sister and her fiance in their new home outside the city. Of course we were in SF every day, either shopping or having vegetarian delights!  Here are some of my favorite images:

Top to Bottom:

1. Vintage Gucci & Louis Vuitton line the front cases in this resale vintage store called Static [on Haight].  They had a meanie shop girl, who got mad at me when I snapped this photo and acted like a real jerk!  I will try to forget her bad attitude as they have some great clothes, shoes and bags.

2.  Isn’t that an amazing sheep’s wool jacket? It was in the window of a Goodwill, which I spotted while in the front seat of my sister’s car.  I thought, how could that still be there?  We parked, I went inside and looked at the price tag – $55! No thank you Goodwill.

3.  My boyfriend models his Cheap Monday skinny jeans while contemplating some vintage moccasins.  I wish he had got them.

4.  I have no idea who this girl is, but she had my kind of attitude!  When we stopped for the countdown to New Years we saw her with some friends and she was amazing.  I loved her outfit which was equally matched by an amazing personality.  We counted down from 10 for about a half hour! 10-9-8-7 over and over.

5.  Gianco Ferre vintage at Wasteland.  $125 and not in my shopping bag, though I really loved it.

6.  Alexis Bittar, how do I love thee!  This was on display at the de Young Museum.  From my knowledge of his jewelry, this is from his Ms. Havisham collection for sure. D-I-E

Yves Saint Laurent in Retrospect

January 6, 2009


As I promised, here are my photos from the Yves Saint Laurent exhibit at the de Young Museum in San Francisco.  Photographs were strictly prohibited inside the exhibit, but I had to capture a few to remember this amazing retrospective.  I’m pretty slick, and went unnoticed.

[Top] The welcome photo at the entrance into the exhibit.

[Top Left] This sheer dress was my favorite garment in the entire exhibit.  It was made of chiffon with an ostrich feather bottom.  I also loved that gold snake belt as an accoutrement.  Something I learned from the exhibit, which I might have been in denial of – I LOVE FEATHERS!   [Top Right]  This was another feathered dress, with a scale-like dress behind it.  They were both behind a large glass wall, but their beauty was evident.

[Lower Left] The Mondrian dress.  You know it, you probably love it, now see it in person.  In fact, there were numerous dresses in the exhibit that showcased YSL’s admiration for the arts.  [Lower Right] This one’s for you Stefani!  This woven wedding dress was prominent right in the center of the exhibit.  I cannot believe I got this great shot!  As soon as I saw it, I thought of you.  I hope you love it as much as I do.

Do something great in 2009 – visit your local museum and become a member!  Cannot afford that?  Drop them a $5 donation.  Every bit counts, trust me.

Gone Thrifting

November 13, 2008


This Veteran’s Day I spent my afternoon with my dear friend Phuong [pictured] thrifting at my favorite locations.  She is obviously a great model and a great sport as you can see by my impeccable photography.  Unfortunately on our outing Phuong left empty handed, but she almost had it with that fabulous gold/bronze decorated skirt.  I on the other hand, carried out a vintage St. John by Marie Gray dress, a circus-esque ruffle shirt and a black/gold knot belt.

There were lots of great items at our first stop, like that vintage fur and Moschino shoes, not mention a Celine jacket, but they just weren’t our sizes.  Sigh.  We had an amazing time and I look forward to many thrift outs again.

The Queen of Grey Gardens

October 23, 2008

I have already brought up astrology today, and posted a photo of an “eccentric” [I hate that word], that I felt motivated to mention this lovely spread of Little Edie Beale of Grey Gardens.  Looking absolutely regal in September Vogue Italia, these old photos allow us to dive further into the life of the staunch character we all know and love as Little Edie.  She looks absolutely stunning.

I cannot wait to get Edith Bouvier Beale of Grey Gardens: A Life in Pictures for Christmas.

More photos after the break


Greetings from the Desert

October 20, 2008

photo: The Integratron

I am back after a delightful vacation to the desert.  Growing up, my family and I would go to Palm Springs every summer and lounge at the condo.  I remember fondly the lightning storms, bbqs and non-stop swimming.  Now when I visit, I look forward to the food, hotels, and best vintage shopping I’ve ever come across!  Though I did not leave with a new wardrobe, I did stumble upon some fabulous stores and bought enough housewares to fill up the back seat of our rental car.

This was our Villa at The Viceroy.  When you realize how badly you must go to the desert, please chose The Viceroy, as they have lovely rooms matched by an ever accommodating staff.   Their spa Estrella was absolutely magnificent, and if you love great design, do not miss this gem designed by Kelly Wearstler.

We always spend a lot of time at The Parker, because they have my favorite breakfast/brunch/lunch in all of Palm Springs – Norma’s.  I can attest that I drank the best glass of fresh squeezed orange juice in my life here, and for $8 I guess it should be.  This hotel is a favorite of mine as it was designed by the uber talented Jonathan Adler.  I was so tempted to walk away with just about everything on display – even the salt shakers at the restaurant, but they’re green and they don’t match our scheme at home.

We crashed a wedding in the Gene Autry Villa at The Parker, and there was a lovely photo of Jackie O. in the bathroom.  Not to mention some Hermes soap I snagged on my way out.

Thanks to Vintage L.A. – a must own book for any Californian – I stopped by a great vintage shop called Dazzles.  This jewelry case is just a glimpse of the glory of this shop.  We left with a mid-century modern drinking glass set, but there were so many baubles that I was drooling over. Sigh.

There is no shortage of thrift stores in Palm Springs.  Angel Views are all over the desert, and I have never walked away without finding something terrific.  Though most items in these stores are marked way under $10, I came across some vintage St. John knit dresses going for $150.  What?  This is a thrift store, not a vintage store, run soley on donations – not cool.  I snapped this shot with my blackberry so I could remember this remarkable neckline.